Time Machine Life Is Expensive

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This trio of L.A. transplants knows life’s worth, and thus, knows how to have a good time with it, crafting a vibrant and bumpin’ party album that’s also smart and aware. The laidback, observational opening track, “In the City of Everything,” introduces listeners to DJ/Producer Mekalek’s pounding drums and MCs Jet Set Jay’s and Biscuit’s buttery flow, before cranking up the tempo. Musically, Life Is Expensive is equal parts ’80s electro-pop and golden-era hip-hop. Joints like “(If You Know What) I Mean,” “The Groove That Just Won’t Stop,” and “We’re Making A Video” draw obligatory comparisons to Jungle Brothers and (early) De La Soul. It’s a record both the purists and the partygoers will appreciate.